If you have ever been in the midst of a shower only for the water to turn cold, you know the importance of a reliable source of hot water in your home.
THE INVENTION OF WATER HEATERS
Throughout history, we have gotten our hot water through similar methods. We heat the water and contain it in some sort of vessel. Until the late 19th century, that typically meant heating the water over a fire and using it immediately.
The invention of the hot-water heater in 1889 was a dramatic improvement. It allowed for the storage of heated water until you needed it. One problem remained. It was still a limited source. Once your stash of hot water ran out, you had to wait until the water in the tank was heated. These hot water heaters often relied upon fossil fuels (wood, coal, or oil) as a heat source. Electric hot water heaters gained in popularity in the 20th century. That power often came from other sources than fossil fuels, such as nuclear or hydroelectricity.
TANKLESS WATER HEATERS
This has all changed recently, as more and more people are turning to tankless water heaters. As its name suggests, a tankless water heater has no vessel to store hot water. Instead, water is heated electrically as it flows through the device, providing an on-demand system. There are several advantages to this type of system.
Since it has no tank, the device is much smaller. Hot water is available almost instantly and in unlimited amounts. They often have a lifespan twice that of conventional hot water heaters. While the up-front costs are higher, they are more energy-efficient, allowing you to recoup that money over time.
Little wonder then that more and more homeowners are choosing a tankless hot water heater. If you are looking for one yourself in the Rochester, NY, area, contact our team. Taylor Heating accepts calls 24 hours a day every day for emergencies.